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High Desert Homeless Project: You Can Help!

HIGH DESERT, CA- High Desert Charitable organization strives to assist homeless residents with providing warm crocheted and knitted hats, caps, scarves etc. for warmth during the cold nights.  Your assistance with providing a financial donation and/or yarn in an effort to complete the projects is very much appreciated and will serve many individuals and families in need. Kindly contact Bonita Merrill via email singerforlife777@gmail.com for more details on how you can help.

Style Fashion Week Brings an Urban and Couture Vibe to The Desert

By Naomi K. Bonman

The desert, Palm Springs to be exact, got a new a vibe during the weekend of Friday, April 7 to Sunday, April 9. Style Fashion Week premiered Spring/Summer 2018 designer lines at the Palm Springs Air Museum.  

Despite the wind that comes along with being in Palm Springs, Style Fashion Week was still a remarkable event with each designer bringing some of their hottest designs for the upcoming seasons. This season, the designers that were featured included: Sweet Talks Swim, Father Akki, Underrated, Richard Hallmarq, Andre Emery, Smock Me, Bohimi Couture, David Tupaz, Merlin Castell, Glaudi, Mario De La Torre, House of Grayling Purnell, Royal Heart by Sergio Davila and Andrew Christian.

In addition to the illustrious designers, Style Fashion Week always incorporates music. Some of the performers this season included: MANN, Sofia Zorian and Chris Stylez.

To view photos from the show, please click here.

Rev. Al Sharpton Says Police Shootings Are A National Problem

By Manny Otiko | California Black Media

Stephon Clark’s memorial service held Thursday was a chance for both national and local figures to share their opinions about the latest police shooting of an unarmed black man.

Hundreds gathered to mourn the life of Stephon Clark at BOSS Church in South Sacramento, CA. Clark was shot and killed by law enforcement officers that encountered him while responding to neighborhood complaints of car windows being broken on March 18. Clark was mistakenly believed to be in possession of a gun but was found only to be holding his cell phone.

Rev. Al Sharpton, president of the National Action Network, spoke at the memorial. He slammed the media for the way they were trying to frame the story.

“This is not black versus white, this is right versus wrong,” he said.

Photo by Antonio R. Harvey: Matt Barns Former NBA player, friends and family take Stephon Clark to his final resting place.

He also took a swipe at White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders who described Clark’s shooting as “a local matter.”

“This is not a local issue, it’s a national problem,” he said.  “A problem this president wants to ignore.”

Matt Barnes, a former NBA player, spoke after the memorial service. Barnes also organized a rally in Clark’s name. He said the issue hit home with him because he was a parent.

“I’m a father of two young boys, and I fear for their lives,” said Barnes. “Not only in the streets, but also behinds the hands of cops.”

Julie Debbs, a Sacramento resident, said Clark’s death could serve as a unifying force in the black community. She noted that several local gangs had attended the funeral peacefully.

“Everybody came together today. This is beautiful. Maybe this will bring us all together as one,” she said.